Google co-founder Sergey Brin has asked his advisers to sell his personal investments in Elon Musk companies in recent months after learning he had a brief affair with his wife, according to the Wall Street Journal .
Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc., allegedly had an alleged affair in early December in Miami with Nicole Shanahan, the Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. It ended the long friendship between Musk, 51, and Brin, who helped prop up the electric car maker during the 2008 financial crisis. Brin, 48, filed for divorce from Shanahan in January.
The size of Brin’s personal investments in Musk’s businesses is not known, and it is unclear whether there have been any sales, the newspaper said.
Musk is the richest person in the world with a fortune of $242 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Brin is the eighth richest, with a net worth of $94.6 billion.
The case is the latest in a series of revelations about Musk’s personal life. Reports earlier this year said he had become the father of twins born to a senior executive at his artificial intelligence startup Neuralink.
Another of his companies, SpaceX, paid an employee $250,000 to settle a complaint that she was sexually harassed by Musk in 2016, according to Insider. Musk said the accusations were “totally false” and designed to interfere with his acquisition of Twitter Inc., a deal he is now trying to pull out of.
Musk’s affair with Shanahan took place in December at Art Basel in Miami, and Musk at another event asked Brin for forgiveness, according to the Journal.
Brin and Shanahan are currently negotiating a settlement, with Shanahan seeking more than $1 billion, the Journal reported, even though there is a prenuptial agreement.
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